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Education, Social Identity and Self-employment over Time: Evidence from a Developing Country.

Tamvada, J.P., Shrivastava, M. and Tapas, M., 2022. Education, Social Identity and Self-employment over Time: Evidence from a Developing Country. Small Business Economics: an international journal. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1007/s11187-021-00583-5


While the extant literature suggests that an individual’s occupational choice depends on the level of economic development, little is known about how the dynamics of education and social identity impact self-employment choice over time in a developing country setting. The pseudo panel regression results presented here suggest that higher education decreases the likelihood of individuals’ choice of self-employment over time in India, but increases it in most developed cohorts. Such transitional dynamics are more prominent among individuals who belong to historically determined backward classes. Furthermore, the results suggest sectoral differences in self-employment choice – individuals with higher education and wealth have a greater likelihood of transiting into self-employment over time in agriculture while similar individuals in non-agriculture exit self-employment. In both sectors, however, education moderates the impact of social identity on self-employment choice. The paper underscores the need for policy shifts towards entrepreneurship along the path of economic development.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Social class ; Self-employment Choice ; Entrepreneurship ; India ; Pseudo Panels
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:36449
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Jan 2022 09:37
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:31


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